Curious about how to make hempseed oil? With the right equipment, it's possible to make your own hemp seed oil in your kitchen. With CBD oil on the rise, hemp oil is the next trend in marijuana and cannabis related products. The differences between CBD and hemp include each of their unique benefits for both the body and mind. Have you ever wondered how to make cannabis oil? You can add it to so many different dishes and it also has plenty of different beneficial properties!
Making Hemp Seed Oil: A Simple Guide To How It’s Made
As CBD oil’s lesser-known cousin, hemp seed oil provides its own unique set of health benefits and its own special manufacturing methods. Since its discussed less often, we thought we would take a closer look at hemp seed oil.
Coming specifically from hemp seeds (duh), hempseed oil is commonly confused with its uber-popular counterpart, CBD oil. While CBD oil is a health powerhouse in its own right, hemp seed oil also carries with it plenty of health benefits. It has a rich nutrient profile, lots of good fats and fatty acids and carries a wide range of nutrients. Hemp seed oil can help skin health, inflammation, brain & hearth health. Hemp seed oil is a worthy addition into anyone’s diet.
You may know that CBD oil extraction involves complicated machines that use different solvents such as C02. We thought you’d want to know how making hemp seed oil compares. Below we’ll outline how hemp seeds are commonly extracted and even how you can make your own oil at home!
MAKING HEMP SEED OIL: THE TRADITIONAL METHOD
All seed oils are extracted with an oilseed press machine, and hemp seeds are no different. Used for edible and industrial oils, the oilseed press machine is a trusty & sturdy machine for oil extraction. Seed press machines usually come in two distinct types: a traditional screw press or a reducing screw design.
Making hemp seed oil, or any seed oil, involves a seed press. The details can get complicated, however.
A lot of variables go into the specific pressing of different seeds, but the main concept stays the same. First you dispense raw seeds into the seed hopper, then an expeller screw crushes the seeds. Next, the oils run through canals where the pulp gets separated from the oil.
The oil produced from this method is pure, raw and as unprocessed as modern technology can get. And this is the basic & traditional method of extracting oils from seeds. This basic method and machinery are used for all kinds of seeds and even nuts. Oils from peanuts, sesame seeds and of course hemp seeds are extracted by this method.
MAKING SEED OILS IS MORE COMPLEX THAN IT SEEMS
While the traditional oil press method seems simplistic, it’s actually surprisingly complex. Many variables go into seed pressing that can make or break a batch of oil.
Let’s take seed moisture content for an example. If a seed is stored incorrectly and it harbors a higher-than-normal moisture content, then it will not press well. This is because if a seed is pressed with too much moisture, the moisture will actually tie up the oil within the seeds. Problems arise with moisture levels that are too low as well. That will increase the pressing temperatures, leading to lesser oil production and potentially going above the temperature limit for “cold-pressed” oils (120°F). Even something as simple as storage can impact the way the seeds interact with the press machines, which is why it’s important for manufacturers to pay attention to every part of the process.
Seed quality is another important characteristic. Non-ripe seeds produce different quality oils and smells than ripe seeds. And obviously seeds that are moldy and improperly stored will produce low-quality oil. The actual operation of the seed press is important too, as the settings for the machine greatly affect the pressing method and pressing temperature. An operator must know how to manipulate the distance between the press head and the screw end, the speed of the press, the tip size and the type of screw needed for the seed. This is why having a well-experienced seed press machine operator is important for companies looking to produce quality hemp seed oil products.
WHAT IS COLD-PRESSED OIL?
The reason a “cold-pressed” oil is preferred over others (even though it produces less oil) is that it tends to keep more of the characteristics and benefits of the seed in the final oil.
Cold pressing also produces lower phosphorous levels. phosphorous is the culprit for the “green” and “grassy” flavors of some oils. If this is something you dislike, then cold-pressed oils are for you.
The complex process of creating cold-pressed seed oils requires a surprising amount of expertise and precision.
Heat and the distinctive characteristics of the oil it produces affects the quality of CBD oil too. Most CBD extraction methods require heating and pressurizing chemicals to supercritical temperatures. If you want an oil that keeps the majority of the plant’s original characteristics and fats without the ‘grassy’ taste, then cold pressed oil might be a good match.
MAKING HEMP SEED OIL AT HOME
If you’re like us, you can’t afford to buy an industrial scale oil press machine. You might still want to experiment with making your own seed oil. If so, we suggest you purchase a hand crank oil press. Not only can you make hemp seed oil, but you can press any type of seed or nut that you want.
Making hemp seed oil on a hand crank seed press is easy. First, set up the press on a flat, secure surface. Next, you’ll fill the attached oil lamp and light it for 10 minutes prior to operation. This warms up the crank and ensures the oil separates. Then, simply put seeds into the hopper and crank away!
That’s the basics of how to make hemp seed oil. We hope that the next time you see seed oils in the store, that you have a little bit more appreciation for all the hard work and precision that goes into making them.
Here’s how to make your own hemp seed oil at home, and why you should
With CBD oil steadily on the rise, it’s no surprise that hemp is getting a lot of attention. Hemp has a big reputation, and is usually used synonymously with marijuana. Though these two come from the same plant (think of them as really fun siblings, their mom being cannabis sativa), their uses are completely different.
Hemp Seed Vs. CBD
So, cannabis sativa has two primary species (children). They’re hemp and marijuana. CBD, short for cannabidiol, uses the stalks, leaves, and other components of the cannabis plant to create an oil that relieves pain and calms anxiety, because we can all use a little bit more calm and less anxiety. Where it starts to get confusing is that hemp oil and CBD oil are often used interchangeably. Hemp seed oil comes from the seeds of the cannabis plant, and has another set of unique benefits. Both use a part of the cannabis plant that has very low (almost 0%) THC levels. Which is basically not even enough to get any kind of party started.
There are beneficial properties to hemp seed oil
Now that we have the sibling dynamic squared away, hemp seed oil has a huge list of benefits. In addition to its rich vitamins (D, B, and E), it’s packed with omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Hemp seed oil is also an anti-inflammatory food, similar to turmeric. Thanks to the fatty acids in hemp seed oil, it’s helpful for skin conditions including acne and rosacea. An added bonus, if you need to polish things up around the house, is that a mixture of hemp seed oil with a tangerine essential oil can give your wooden furniture a refreshing treatment. It’s time to throw those not-so-eco-friendly, petroleum based products out the window.
Make your own hemp seed oil at home
Making your own hemp seed oil so you can avoid any additives that might come in a commercial product. This recipe from Hemp Seed Health is an easy, step by step guide on how to make it at home:
What you’ll need:
- 4 cups of shelled hemp seeds
- Home oil press
- Bottle lamp with wick
- Lamp fuel
- Lighter or matches
- Jar for oil collection
- Bowl for expelled refuse
- Make sure the press is secured tightly to a table or surface. Set up the lamp and light it. Wait about ten minutes, or until the lamp has started to heat up.
- Add hemp seeds to fill the hopper a third of the way
- Begin turning the hand crank at a slow, even pace.
- After a few cranks, you’ll notice oil starting to pour out.
- As you continue to crank, slowly add more hemp seeds and continue to crank. The oil should be a rich, dark color.
- The last step is to thoroughly take apart and clean the machine to clean out any build up.
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- Hemp Seed Health: How to Make Your Own Hemp Seed Oil
- Health.com: Every Question You Have About CBD—Answered
- Encyclopaedia Brittanica: Hemp
- Bluebird Botanicals: CBD Oil vs. Hemp Oil
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- Healthline: 6 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds
- USA Today: How to Use Hemp Seed Oil (and what are the benefits?)
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How to make Cannabis Oil
Olive oil is a product that many people consume as part of their daily diet due to its many health benefits, but what about cannabis oil? Cannabis oil doesn’t generally figure in many people’s diets, especially not those that don’t consume cannabis, although this is slowly changing. Thanks to the recent wave of legalization around the world and the investigations being done, we’re finding out more about cannabis’ properties and its amazing benefits when used correctly. That’s why today we’re going to teach you how to make cannabis oil.
Everyone should be able to make the most of cannabis’s incredible properties without needing to smoke it. We’re going to show you how to make cannabis oil. Its properties may vary depending on the cannabis used to make it, which can be THC or CBD dominant. Either way, the recipe is the same.
Let’s have a look at these two recipes that result in delicious, cannabinoid-rich homemade cannabis oil.
How to make cannabis oil:
Before you start with the recipe, you’ll need to figure out the type of cannabis you’re going to be using. You can use THC rich, CBD rich or balanced cannabis for this recipe. CBD Hash is also very easy to make at home if you know how.
If you’re looking to make oil that anyone can consume without getting any sort of psychoactive effect, you should use CBD seeds with extremely low THC levels. You should use strains such as Sweet Pure CBD by Sweet Seeds or Solodiol by Elite Seeds. The effects produced by CBD Flowers make them perfect to make CBD Oil.
For those looking to make cannabis oil that has all of cannabis’s properties, including the psychoactive ones, we highly recommend using a strain with high THC levels or more THC than CBD. This allows you to create a cannabis oil that’s capable of alleviating intense muscular pain, reduce epileptic attacks, increase appetite, treat insomnia etc. It’s also a much safer way to consume cannabis as you don’t need to inhale any nasty smoke.
Ingredients and materials:
- 500-700ml virgin extra olive oil
- 20-25g dry and cured cannabis
- One kitchen thermometer
- One kitchen spatula
- Large pot (3-5L)
- Small pot (1L)
- A weed grinder
- A coffee filter
- One thin metal sieve
- One glass container with lid
- 5L bottled water
How to make cannabis oil | RECIPE 1
This first recipe is the easiest to make, as it hardly needs much work and it just requires a bit of patience.
- 1: Begin by washing and decarbing your cannabis using your preferred process. If you want a less psychoactive effect and more medicinal properties from your oil, simply wash your cannabis before using and skip the decarb process (only do this if you do not want a psychoactive end result).
- 2: Get a glass bowl that’s large enough for the amount of oil you plan on making
- 3: Pour your preferred virgin extra olive oil into the bowl
- 4: Add 20-25g of dried, cured cannabis (not ground)
- 5: Let it macerate in a dark, dry place for a couple of weeks, Mix every now and then so that the cannabis fully releases its properties
- 6: After a couple of weeks it should be ready to consume
- 7: Do not remove the cannabis
- 8: If the cannabis oil turns out too strong, pour the oil into a new glass bottle and add one fourth virgin extra olive oil in order to soften the effect. Shake well and let it sit in the dark for a couple of days so that it mixes properly
- 9: Your cannabis oil is now ready to use as a food supplement, as drops or even as a skin cream!
How to make cannabis oil | RECIPE 2
This second cannabis oil recipe is a bit more hands-on and much faster. You’ll need to grab your cooking gear and get to it! The resulting oil form this recipe is much more refined than the first recipe we dealt with.
1- Boil your cannabis
Place your weed in a large pot and add enough water to cover the cannabis. Once it begins to boil, lower the heat setting to the lowest and keep it there for 10 minutes, stirring every now and then.
2- Strain your cannabis
After 10 minutes, you’ll need to strain your cannabis. Pour your flowers into the sieve and let the water drain out without putting any pressure on it. Repeat the entire process, boiling the weed again, until the water comes out clean (3 times should do it).
3- No water
Once you’ve strained your cannabis you’ll need to try and get it to lose as much water as possible. In order to keep all of its cannabinoids intact, we recommend covering a flat surface with non-aromatic kitchen paper and placing your cannabis on top. This allows the kitchen paper to absorb any leftover water without needing to press your weed down.
Remember: this is done to fully clean your cannabis, removing dust, insects, any products, chlorophyll and leftover minerals. This process is entirely safe, as marijuana doesn’t dissolve or attach to water and no cannabinoids are lost.
4- Add your virgin extra olive oil
Once your cannabis is clean and all water has been extracted, you’ll need to place it in a small pot and add your virgin extra olive oil.
In order to heat your cannabis in the right way so that it dissolves all of its cannabinoids in the oil, first you’ll need to fill the large pot with water and place the smaller pot, the one with the oil and cannabis, floating in the water in the larger pot. Boil the large pot.
6- Bain-Marie timing
Once the water is boiling, the cannabinoid-assimilation process has begun. This can be quite a slow process, taking a few hours, although it’s much faster than the first recipe. For the best possible results, we recommend continuing this process for two to three hours, mixing every now and then. In order to get perfect results, try and keep the temperature at a stable 100°C. You can use a kitchen thermometer for this purpose.
After the bain-Marie, you’ll need to let the liquid cool down in its pot. Once it’s cooled down you should strain the mixture using the coffee filter. Do it with incredible care, making sure that no bits of cannabis get through the filter. Your cannabis oil is now ready!
8- How to store cannabis oil
Once you’ve made your oil, you’ll need to store it in a dark, cool area. This allows cannabinoids to stay 100% potent for much longer. We recommend keeping the main bottle in a dark place and using a small oil bottle for your food.
How to take cannabis oil
Cannabis Oil as Salad Dressing
One of the best ways of ingesting cannabis oil is raw. If it’s used to fry anything, it loses all of its properties in as far as cannabinoids due to high temperatures. We recommend using it as a dressing for salads, making sure to test it out beforehand to test its strength and how much you should use.
Massage Cannabis Oil
For those that suffer from muscle or back pain, cannabis oil can be used as potent massage oil; it has many relaxing and therapeutic effects and can be used for any type of massage; it can also be used in reflexology. You can also add it to any massage cream or oil such as lavender or rosemary, among others.
Sub-lingual Cannabis Oil
If you want to use it as a direct dose, you can use it sub-lingual. Simply use a dropper under your tongue and then slowly allow them to spread around your mouth. This is a much more direct way and is recommended for medicinal use.
Cannabis Oil Safety Precautions
Before you start taking cannabis oil, whether it’s occasionally or daily, you will need to do a few tests to see how potent it is. We recommend trying out a couple of drops and waiting for a few hours to see if its effects are too soft or too hard. If it’s too potent you can add in ¼ of normal oil and shake well to mix it up. You can repeat this process as much as possible.
When ingesting oil of this kind you’ll need to be extremely cautious. You need to mark every bottle carefully – if someone accidentally uses it on their salad, they probably won’t have a very nice trip. You will also need to take extreme caution when it comes to kids running around the house. If not labelled correctly and stored somewhere that kids can get to, you may have quite a bad situation on your hands. Keep your cannabis oil away from kids, labelled properly and make sure you know where it is.